Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

 Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Sometimes, I should just stick to the original plan...It all started with wanting to eat ramen at Jun-Men in Chelsea. But the weather was pretty good for November and, as we walked passed Stage Door Deli, we changed our mind, reserving ramen for a colder day. I was excited for sure, thinking about the Reuben I would inhale in few minutes. 

 Counter at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

Counter at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

This place that has been serving classic deli dishes is of a nice size, with a good number of booths, my favorite seats when I go to a deli or diner, or in fact to any restaurant. The food came fast, but the service lacked courtesy that I guess adds to the charm of these old school establishments, but until a certain point. Not checking on us, taking a long time to bring the check and hearing few expletives coming from the mouth of who I think was the owner, definitely added some color to the whole experience. In term of food, nothing to rave about. Jodi started with a matzoh ball soup that was average. I think I can make a better one from a mix I buy at the supermarket. 

 Matzoh ball soup at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

Matzoh ball soup at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

 Matzoh ball soup at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

Matzoh ball soup at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

Then a bagel with cream cheese, fairly standard. 

 Bagel and cream cheese at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

Bagel and cream cheese at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

On my side, I got a Reuben, made with corned beef, sauerkraut (mainly on one side) and Swiss cheese. Served open face, it was also average (although lots of cheese) and I was a bit disappointed that they did not have Russian dressing with it. For $15.50, I believe I can get a better one at Junior's or even at diners like Square Diner in TriBeCa!

 Corned beef reuben at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

Corned beef reuben at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

 Corned beef reuben at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

Corned beef reuben at Stage Door Deli in Hell's Kitchen

So I guess you understand that I will not go back...

Enjoy (...)!

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